I used to eat a lot of store bought name brand veggie burgers. I had one particular brand that I ate at least once a week. But then I started thinking about the long list of mysterious ingredients on the box. It concerned me so I gave those up pretty quickly.
Since then I have been searching for a recipe for homemade veggie burgers that suits me. Some were OK, but the biggest problem I found with my homemade veggie burgers was the texture. These recipes almost all rely on some combo of beans and grains (Hey perfect for a website such as this) and the result is a texture that tends to be mushy or crumbly. I’ve tried many, many recipes and have not been bowled over by any of them.
Last week I came across the “Superiority Burger” named for the Superiority Burger restaurant in New York City. I found an adapted recipe for their burger in the Washington Post. The recipe is vegan and is based on quinoa and chickpeas and it’s a superior veggie burger with superior texture AND taste.
I like this one! The texture is pretty good. Mine had a bit of a crunch on the outside and were moist and flavorful on the inside. My carnivore husband took a taste and even he thought it was tasty.
The ingredients list is rather long and the recipe takes a while to pull together. I probably worked on these for an hour or more.
Here is a link to the Washington Post Recipe:
I’m sure the recipe is great as written but, as is my normal routine… I did make a few small changes:
- I didn’t have a lemon on hand so I used a tablespoon of soy sauce.
- I used two tablespoons of ground flax seed with 4 tablespoons of water rather than the potato starch as a binder.
- Instead of making 8 large patties, I made 15 small patties. I formed my patties with the ring from the lid of a small mouth Mason Jar so that they are fairly uniform. I plan on freezing most of the patties for later use.
- I baked my burgers instead of pan frying. That seemed easier for 15 burgers. I baked them at 425 degrees on a parchment paper lined sheet pan for 15 minutes on each side.
And here is a picture of my burger, ready to eat (lots of pickle!)
Gotta say – veggie burgers just aren’t that pretty!
And finally, here is a link to the cookbook, Superiority Burgers by Brooks Headley, which has lots of great vegan sandwich recipes as well as delicious looking sides and desserts!